Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 7, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.

Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles

by Simone Giuliani

The first national champions of the 2017/18 cyclocross season were crowned at Adelaide’s Zombie Park on Saturday, with the multi-discipline riders Peta Mullens (Focus Attaquer) and Chris Jongewaard (Flanders JBlood) taking decisive wins at the Australian National Cyclocross Championships.

This was Jongewaard’s third cyclocross title, adding to the five he has won on the mountain bike. Mullen’s tally is up to ten, with most also coming from mountain biking. But the cyclocross win means she has now worn the Australian champion’s jersey across three disciplines, having also taken out the Road National Championships in 2015.

Mullens and Natalie Redmond both put the foot down early in the race. It wasn’t long before they had carved out a considerable gap on the rest of the field. Mullens looked to be faltering at one stage, but then got a gap and rode her way to victory.

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The elite men’s race, meanwhile, was always Jongewaard’s to lose. Once the race started he wasted no time stretching out a substantial gap, in fact he was pushing pretty much from the first corner, and never looked like having his lead challenged. Gary Millburn (Speedvagen MAAP) finished second and former under 23 Australian champion Chris Aitken (Focus Attaquer) claimed third.

A dominant victory by @christopherjongewaard to retain the #elitemen ???????? title #NCXS17 #cyclocross #adelaide #mtb

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